Wednesday, February 16, 2011

North and South.

Yesterday, I watched North and South for the first time.

I had no idea what the plot was about, no idea that if would focus so much on industry, cotton, mills, and strikes. I would have never expected to be interested in such a movie...but I was.

I also would have never expected to fall for Mr. Thornton after the harsh way he was introduced. But I did. :)

In short, I absolutely loved it. It was a beautiful movie. And the

This is a little thing, but I also loved that so many of the characters' voices seemed to sound a little Irish (?), even though they're English. Maybe it's just that people from different parts of England sound differently? Anyway, I loved almost everyone's voices. :)

And I loved seeing a few familiar faces! Yay, Higgins/John Bates/Brendan Coyle and Fred/Frank Churchill/Rupert Evans! :)

So yes, I ended up buying the Elizabeth Gaskell collection from Amazon since they knocked the price down. And even though I've been failing my new year's resolution to cut back book/DVD purchases, I confess that I am so happy I bought this set. It's the only way I could get my hands on North and South, because we don't have Netflix and our library doesn't have the series.

So far, I have been so impressed with the BBC adaptations of Elizabeth Gaskell's work. (I've never read any of her books- I think I need to!) The set also includes Cranford, which I'm so excited about rewatching, and Wives and Daughters, which I've never seen and hope it is as good as these other two! :)

Until next time,


  1. Ooooh, I love, love, love North & South! In fact, we're due for another viewing around here. I bought it a couple years ago after reading good reviews on Amazon. It didn't have the most alluring cover so it sat for a while before we viewed it but once we did we were quickly enamored!

    You'll love Wives and Daughters too. :) (I don't love it as much as N&S, but it's still good.)

  2. North and South is one of the movies I badly wish to see. :)

  3. Ah, I love that movie! =D I've never seen any of the other BBC adaptations of Elizabeth Gaskell's work, but I do love N&S. =)
    Glad you enjoyed it too!

  4. ran across you on my Google reader & saw this review of North & South (which I actually didn't like, because I felt like the viewer wasn't given enough reason to like either the hero or the heroine) (oh, and people kept dying! Dislike)... Can't believe you haven't seen Wives & Daughters! It's definitely Mrs. Gaskell's crowning work. Though, as usual, I recommend reading the book FIRST ;) If you liked North & South, you'll Love W&D.


  5. I love North and South! And also watched Wives and Daughters. I think I'm going to add Gaskell's novels to my reading list!

    ~Liz B

  6. Yes, yes, YES! Major "LIKES" for this post! North & South is near and dear to my heart, and I'm so happy you have finally been able to see this FABULOUS series! So glad - but not surprised *wink* - that you loved it! :)

  7. Oh Kristin! North & South is utterly amazing. So glad you got to see it. I highly recommend Wives & Daughters. It's just as good. :)
    Now I am inspired to go watch both now.

  8. Oh, North and South! The mention of it gives me a thrill:) I LOVE Mr. Thornton! He is amazing:)


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